DSLR vs. Mirrorles Cameras

January 18, 2017


Weigh the benefits of DSLRs and mirrorless cameras with these three resources:

B&H Photo’s DSLR or Mirrorless

DPReview.com’s buying guide.

Digital Photography School DSLR vs Mirrorless

Cleveland Magazine Seeks Photo Intern

January 12, 2017


Cleveland Magazine hires a photography intern three times a year: for fall and winter/spring semesters and for summer. We accept applications for all semesters year-round.

The internships are unpaid. (We reimburse for parking.) The internships range from 15 to 25 hours a week.

For more information download this pdf: internshipposting_clevelandmagazine


Merit Scholarship Competition

December 7, 2016


Current and prospective full-time undergraduate art majors seeking a first BA degree and needing at least 24 additional credit hours for graduation are invited to apply for the Art Department 2017-2018 Visual Art Merit Scholarship.

Applications require basic contact information, images of 6 art works (video optional – see below), and an optional brief statement.

Deadline: Monday, March 27, 2017

To apply: Download the 2017-2018 Merit Scholarship Information PDF:

Read the information carefully for eligibility and conditions. Prepare your image files and brief statement (optional) according the the instructions.

For Video and Time-based work submissions, see the attached special instructions (below or reverse).

Apply online: https://form.jotform.com/CSUART/MERIT

Consult with your professors about selecting the work to include and preparing your application. Good luck!

Sports Photography Techniques

December 1, 2016


Action and sports photography is challenging but very exciting. The key to getting good pictures is to set your camera up properly before the event begins, so that when things kick off you can forget about your settings and focus on the action.

Photography Mad’s camera settings are an excellent place to start. They work well in all situations and will help you get sharp, detailed photos with plenty of atmosphere and interest. Click here to read.

PS. Shoot in RAW, not JPG.

Back Button Auto Focus

December 1, 2016

Kalman & Pabst Studio Visit

November 7, 2016

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Commercial Photography has another field trip in store this week. On Thu, 11/10 we will be visiting Kalman & Pabst, Cleveland’s premier photo studio. KP is located at 3907 Perkins Ave downtown, just east and north of CSU’s main campus. We’ll meet at 3:30pm, 15 minutes later than regular class time to allow for travel.



The Case for Professional Photographers

November 3, 2016

File Under: You Get What You Pay For

Well, that happened. The Tribe was SO CLOSE. But Cleveland is a Championship City. And when we win big, we want it documented properly. See more about how some in Chicago got it right, and others – not so much.


The Chicago Cubs finally won the World Series last night after 108-year drought. But what has some photojournalists talking are the cover photos published by two of Chicago’s biggest newspapers, the Chicago Tribune and the Chicago Sun-Times.

As you might remember, the Sun-Times (the 8th largest paper in the US by circulation) laid off its entire staff of photographers back in 2013 and then sent a memo to its reporters about training them in iPhone photography.

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The Tribune (the 10th largest paper), on the other hand, still employs its own staff photojournalists. One of these is Brian Cassella, who shot the latest cover photo.

Perhaps due to these differing views on photography, photo industry pundits immediately began pointing out the differences in the front page photos immediately after they left the presses.

Read more at Peta Pixel.


Steven Mastroianni Studios Visit

October 27, 2016

Click image above to visit stevenmastoianni.com

Steven Mastroianni is a full time professional photographer, with several hundred weddings to his credit. He is also a college professor, and has been working as an artist and photographer in the Cleveland area since 1988. Mastroianni has a BFA in photography from The Cleveland Institute of Art, where he also studied painting, printmaking, and video. He continues to make and exhibit original art work in various galleries to this day.

Steven Mastroianni will host our Commercial Photography class at his studio on Tue, November 1st. We will meet at 3:30pm to allow for travel time (regular class time is 3:15pm)

His studio is located at 2687 W 14th Street in Cleveland’s Tremont neighborhood.


William Eggleston, Pioneer of Color Photography

October 20, 2016


At 77, Eggleston is mischievous, beguiling, puzzling and fascinating, all in nearly equal measure. He has been called a legend and an icon. He is frequently referred to as “the godfather of color photography,” even though the sensational 1976 solo exhibit at New York’s Museum of Modern Art that established him as such was widely panned at the time. “Critics and so forth obviously weren’t really looking at this stuff,” he says today. “Didn’t bother me a bit. I laughed at ’em.”

Read the full story in the New York Times.

Lighting Poster

October 4, 2016
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